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Lincoln City: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 5 May 2014
Posted in First Team

1)    The Imps

Lincoln City’s nickname – The Imps – comes from the legend of the Lincoln Imp. The story has many variations, but essentially describes two imps sent to Lincoln Cathedral to cause mayhem, and one was turned to stone by an angel.

2)    Conference Attendance Record

Lincoln City’s 1987/88 Conference Premier title-winning season saw them set the record for the highest attendance in a Conference Premier match, with 9,432 fans turning up to watch a 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers that won them the league. This record has since been broken by Oxford United.

3)    Highest League Position

Lincoln City’s highest-ever league position is fifth in the Second Division, which they achieved over 100 years ago in the 1901/02 season.

4)    No Top Flight Football

The Imps hold an unusual record in that they are the team to have played the most seasons in the Football League without ever reaching the top tier. They have been in the Football League for a total of 104 seasons.

5)    Up and Down

The club have also suffered the most relegations from the Football League, with five. These came in 1908, 1911, 1920, 1987 and 2011. They bounced back to return the following season in every case apart from in 2011.

6)    FA Cup Last-16

Lincoln City have made the last-16 phase of the FA Cup three times in their history. The most recent of these three came in the 1901/02 season, coinciding with their highest ever league finish.

7)    League Cup

In the 1967/68 season, Lincoln City saw the club make its best-ever League Cup run, reaching the fourth round and being drawn against Derby County. The first game ended as a draw, but the Imps lost the replay 3-0.

8)    Playoff Problems

During their time in the Football League, Lincoln made the playoffs in the five consecutive seasons from 2002/03 – 2006/07 while competing in England’s fourth tier. However, the hold another unfortunate record of being the team to reach the playoffs but fail to win promotion in five consecutive seasons.

9)    Record Appearance Holder

Grant Brown is the club’s record appearance holder, with 469 appearances in total to his name. 407 of those came in the league, and the other 62 were made in cup competitions.

10) Top Scorers

Andy Graver is the club’s overall top scorer in the league from his two spells at the club, scoring a total of 143 league goals. However, Allan Hall holds the record for the most goals scored in a season, with a staggering 45 goals (41 came in the league) during the 1931/32 season.

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